Conan, the courageous military dog wounded in action, got his closeup – and a hero’s welcome – at the White House on Monday.
Just a month after the pooch was wounded in the U.S special operations raid that killed the leader of the Islamic State, President Donald Trump feted the Belgian Malinois as “an extraordinary dog” during a canine meet-the-press event in the White House Rose Garden.
“This is the ultimate fighter,” Trump said.
The dog, escorted by a handler and showing no visible signs of his injuries, calmly nuzzled Vice President Mike Pence as cameras clicked and Trump praised his role in what he called “a flawless attack.”
“Conan did a fantastic job,” Trump said. “Conan is a tough cookie. Nobody is going to mess with Conan.”
Turning to the press, he joked: “You’re lucky he’s not in a bad mood today.”
Conan accompanied the team of U.S. commandos that entered Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound in northern Syria in October. The dog was wounded when al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest after being chased into a dead-end tunnel, killing himself and three of his children.
Conan’s name had been kept a secret until Trump appeared to disclose the information on Twitter earlier this month. Earlier, Trump shared an altered photograph that depicted him bestowing a medal on the dog.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Michael Collins